According to West's Encyclopedia of American Law, "negligence" is defined as "Conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances. Negligence is also the name of a cause of action in the law of torts. To establish negligence, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty to the plaintiff, the defendant breached that duty by failing to conform to the required standard of conduct, the defendant's negligent conduct was the cause of the harm to the plaintiff, and the plaintiff was, in fact, harmed or damaged."
In late October 2007, several severe fires occurred in the San Diego area: The Rice Fire ignited in Fallbrook, California, and the Witch Fire ignited in southern San Diego County near State Highway 78 and Santa Ysabel. About a year later, investigations linked San Diego Gas & Electric Company's (SDG&E) operations and practices to the cause of the fires. California regulators approved a $14 million settlement with SDG&E after state investigators claimed poorly maintained power lines started the 2007 wildfires. The money was paid into the state's general fund. And while the homes lost were covered by the owners' various insurance policies, there are always damages unaccounted for. Due to their negligence, SDG&E has paid over $740M in settlements with homeowners, and continue to settle law suits today.
So as friends of Laureti & Assocites, I want you to know that we have represented homeowners damaged by these fires. Keep us in mind if you or a friend are in need of assistance with a claim against SDG&E.
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